By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
Last updated 08:58pm (Mla time) 08/15/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) It was one “fun” experience famed American director Quentin Tarantino would take with him when he goes back to Hollywood: Riding aboard the only transportation that took him across the flooded streets of Manila Wednesday to Malacañang -- a “pedicab.”
"We were stuck out there," Tarantino told reporters later of his experience, referring to the downpour that stranded other vehicles on the road for hours.
Tarantino was with Filipino director Amable Aguiluz, who invited Tarantino to the Cinemanila International Film Festival.
Aguiluz said he and Tarantino got caught in traffic some two kilometers (1.2 miles) away from Malacañang where they were due to meet President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Tarantino, who was clad in a Barong Tagalog and a pair of pants that had stripes on the sides, said they were forced to take the pedicab -- "-- chauffeured bicycles with sidecars attached -- from a mall in Sta. Mesa up to the Palace sentry gate in Nagtahan where they managed to hitch a ride with a car that was headed for Malacañang.
The director of such movies as "Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" series apparently enjoyed the novelty of travelling on the pedicabs, which are normally used by Filipinos unable to afford other modes of transport.
"It was lots of fun, it took a long time but it was not bad at all," said Tarantino who waded through the flood wearing sandals.
Aguiluz, who arrived in a separate pedicab, said he had to buy shoes for Tarantino for the formal event scheduled at 2 p.m. but which started an hour late as Arroyo herself got stuck in traffic coming from two engagements in the morning.
Tarantino and European director Robert Malengreau were awarded by President Arroyo with lifetime achievement awards for their contribution to the film industry and for their support of Philippine cinema.
The sudden downpour flooded a number of areas in Metro Manila and caused heavy traffic in major thoroughfares.
Tarantino said it was his first time to ride a pedicab and to go through such flood.
Asked how he felt about it, Tarantino said, "That's the way it is." With Agence France-Presse
sorry mods, forgot the sauce the last time.
nice of him to not bash Manila like Claire Danes did.
and yey for Egay, we have a very long weekend. XD